2017 E5 walk, day 41: Le Gué Safray to Domfront
I trekked back across the muddy field to the trail, and shortly after came to the Fosse Arthour, “Arthur’s Pit”, a lake that is one of King Arthur’s several resting places.
There were showers on and off throughout the day. The trail headed east along the same ridge that I followed the previous day, before turning north.
On the way to the town of Lonlay-l’Abbaye, I encountered two marvels: First was what a building decorated with towers and crenellations, with a prominent sign declaring it the “Chateau de la Biere”. (I didn’t stop, for no good reason.) And second, on the outskirts of town, a robot mower was making its way across somebody’s lawn.
I stopped for lunch at the town boulangerie, across the plaza from the abbey. I arrived right at noon, so was treated to the sound of the abbey’s bells ringing out.
The trail climbed and descended many small hills and valleys; while it wasn’t the most rugged of the trip, it was my last day with so much climbing.
Eventually, the trail reached the eastern outskirts of the town of Domfront. I left the trail and headed back west in to town, where I stayed at the municipal campsite. For some reason, there was a chaperoned trip of dozens of high school-age students, but fortunately there was still space for my tiny tent. I got some groceries, then headed up into Domfront’s old town, built on top of a hill, for dinner (döner kebab on the steep road up) and sightseeing.
The town was cute, though not quite as self-consciously as Saint-Malo.
Back at the campsite, the kids quieted down reasonably well, and I didn’t have trouble falling asleep.